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News from our partners: Council helps fund Contact Dance Company’s new show, being premiered at Theatre Severn next month

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News from our partners Contact Dance Company 

Shropshire’s talented Contact Dance Company have begun rehearsals for a brand new dance piece entitled “Being Seen”, to be premiered at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Saturday 20 July 2019. 

Contact Dance Company

Contact Dance Company

Choreographer Jo Fong is working with a cast of eight dancers with and without disabilities to craft this new dance work. Jo, who has worked with international companies such as Ballet Rambert and the Welsh National Opera, has been enjoying day one of rehearsals: 

“It’s so exciting to be at The Hive in Shrewsbury, with Contact Dance Company. It feels like a brand new era for the company- something fresh and energised. I’m finding myself constantly inspired by the dancers’ generosity and creativity.”


Amal Neffi, a company dancer with a disability, reflects on the first day working with the choreographer. 

“We challenged ourselves as dancers, learning how each other move, and building our confidence to work in close contact, supporting, moving and listening to each other.”

The new dance “Being Seen” will be a treat for Shropshire audiences. Contact Dance Company has built a strong reputation for its powerful brand of contemporary inclusive dance, full of depth and connection. Choreographer Jo Fong wows audiences with her refreshing, energetic and playful dance-making; the combination promises to be a feast for the senses. 

Contact Dance Company

Contact Dance Company

Audiences for “Being Seen” performances will be invited to sit close to the action. Shropshire Inclusive Dance co artistic director Ray Jacobs states: 

“It’s really important that audience members see the details of the dance and feel the connection between dancers. The smallest gesture, the qualities of contact between dancers, is a delight to watch. Witnessing the show will be a sensory experience.”


This new dance piece is funded by Shropshire Council and Arts Council England. Contact Dance Company is part of Shropshire inclusive Dance (SiD), working with the community to explore, celebrate and share the experience of dance. 

Seats for “Being Seen” can be booked via the Theatre Severn box office or online, but hurry, tickets are going fast.